8/28/10

BY WHAT AUTHORITY

by Roy A. Cheville

Here is a book with a new and fascinating approach to the subject of religious authority—specifically referring to ministerial authority.

The central thesis of this work is "foundations of authority." And it is divided into six major "foundations." Notice the titles for each of these divisions: “Authority Granted through Divine Designation,” “Authority Emerging out of Social Acceptance,” “Authority Proceeding from Transmitted Committal,” “Authority Rising Out of Ethical Fitness,” “Authority Developing in Professional Competency,” and “Authority Accompanying Prophetic Insight.” Dr. Cheville's style of writing and his use of illustrations make for interesting reading; the book also carries the force of conviction and the spirit of authority in itself.